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Who do some feces sink and some float?

Who do some feces sink and some float?

Gas usually, occ. fa: Floating stool is usually due to gas; occasionally poor absorption of fat leads to fatty, greasy, pale, foul-smelling, yellowish, floating stools; not normal. Fatty stools seen with pancreatic deficiency, some bowel problems, e.g. Celiac disease, ileal disease from crohn's, etc. ...Read more

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If my feces used to float, but now tend to sink in the toilet, what does that mean?

Your diet: It all depends on what you are eating. If you are eating foods with lots of fiber (which is a good thing!), you feces will be more dense & sink. Floating stools can be caused by dietary fat or by an increase in gas from the normal bacteria that are in your gut. If you are not absorbing your food properly, the bacteria try to digest it & produce gas. See doc if not better for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it a "good" thing if my feces sink in the toilet all the time? I used to think floating = well hydrated; just want to make sure I understand fully.

Is it a "good" thing if my feces sink in the toilet all the time? I used to think floating = well hydrated; just want to make sure I understand fully.

Normal: Most stool that floats is because of air, rather than fat. It is normal for stool to sink. Stool that floats and is pale, frothy, bulky, foul-smelling, greasy, oily, sticky is not normal: excess fat. ...Read more

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What does it mean when some pieces of stool float and don't sink quickly?

What does it mean when some pieces of stool float and don't sink quickly?

Usually nothing: You'd get the idea from reading that floating stools mean malabsorption. If you actually have that, you'd know you're sick. Usually they float because of air bubbles -- and this just happens, or is from gum chewing or talking a lot or your particular mix of diet and bacteria or whatever. ...Read more

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Hi Docs, thanks for ur help and advice, sorry to ask u this, but is a healthy stool ment to sink or float in the toilet water. Thanks?

Hi Docs, thanks for ur help and advice,  sorry to ask u this, but is a healthy stool ment to sink or float in the toilet water. Thanks?

Most sink: Most will sink, but in specific diseases or type of food eaten they will float based on their density, amount of fat and gas. Malabsorbtion syndromes may result in partially digested food with some of the stool sinking and some floating. ...Read more

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Weight loss soft light brown floating stool that eventually sink loss of appetite?

Weight loss soft light brown floating stool that eventually sink loss of appetite?

How much, how long..: All depends on duration of, severity of symptoms, any associated symptoms, causative factors, etc. Floating stool usually filled with air/gas, not fat. See your doc to get examined. ...Read more

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Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal

Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal

Floater or Sinker: The sinkability of stool depends on the amount of air/gas, not the amount of fat, although vary fatty stools will tend to float. Are you having any symptoms? What was the reason you had test to begin with? Of course, celiac disease needs to be ruled out, but dietary changes which affect the population of gas forming bacteria in the gut can also be in play. Your md will sort it out. ...Read more

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Do patents with MS experience floating feces?

NO: MS doesn't cause gastrointestinal issues directly. Floating feces might be indicative of malabsorption, but may be of no real significance. Discuss with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Why is there blood floating around my feces and white stuff in the end of them?

Why is there blood floating around my feces and white stuff in the end of them?

See a doctor: May look like blood but food comes through undigested sometimes. Need to have an occult blood test card done to be sure its actually blood.
See a doctor for complete physical, labs and quickest way to health. ...Read more

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I noticed on the toilet small parts of my feces was floating around in a circle. is that possible carbon gas or something else? Thank you.

I noticed on the toilet small parts of my feces was floating around in a circle. is that possible carbon gas or something else? Thank you.

Diet: If you tend to eat greasy or oily foods, sometimes small stools can be seen floating. If no other symptoms, such as abdominal pain, blood in stool, nausea or vomiting, probably transient. If any of the above see your doctor. ...Read more

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Bright red string like thing floating in my feces. Okay.. So i just did the number #2 and in my feces i noticed a bright red string like thing floating in it can this possibly mean anything? When i wiped there was a lil just a lil blood bright red but i

Bright red string like thing floating in my feces. Okay.. So i just did the number #2 and in my feces i noticed a bright red string like thing floating  in it can this possibly mean anything? When i wiped there was a lil just a lil blood bright red but i

I : I can’t tell you for sure what the bright red string-like material in your stool is. First question, are you sure if is from your bowel movement or did bloody mucus from your period land on your bowel movement after it hit the toilet? Second, what have you been eating? Have you eaten/ drank blueberries, beets, red wine or anything with red coloring like koolaid or jello? Have you had diarrhea (which can have some mixed in blood) or have you been constipated (requiring you to push forcefully with potential for bleeding)? Have you experienced abdominal pain? The red might be due to something you ingested or it might be blood in your feces. Sometimes blood comes from hemorrhoids. If this red is caused by blood then it is probably due to bleeding lower in your gastrointestinal tract.
If you were feeling sick, it could be due to a variety of conditions like ulcerative colitis crohns disease, gastroenteritis, food poisoning, or a fissure just to mention a few.
The string like appearance might be due to some mucus in your stool. Some times undigested vegetable matter (ie. Celery) can look string like.
Eating some foods can turn your poop red. It doesn’t sound like there is any certainty about whether the red came from your period or from your feces. Go over the list above to see if any of those things might be the reason. If you are really uncertain whether the red material was menstrual or fecal; check the next time you have a bowel movement. If you have symptoms that suggest you are ill, if you have continued red matter in your stool, or if you are worried, contact your doctor. Stay well. ...Read more

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Been having fatty floating yellow poop for months. Blood & feces test all came back normal. stomach is always bloated & itchy skin and fatigued. Help!

Been having fatty floating yellow poop for months. Blood & feces test all came back normal. stomach is always bloated & itchy skin and fatigued. Help!

IBS/Diet: I suggest a GI consultation and also a stool analysis. Floating stools with color suggests fat in BM and or GI inflammation with mucous formation. You will need blood testing for thyroid, liver and pancreatic/liver function evaluation. ...Read more

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Sometime there is mucus in my stool and sometimes it's fatty and floating why is this?

Sometime there is mucus in my stool and sometimes it's fatty and floating why is this?

Mucus: Mucus in stool is seen with irritable bowel syndrome. Increased fat content, however, can indicate intestinal malabsorption, gluten sensitivity, or pancreatic insufficiency. I recommend an evaluation by a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is causing the white flakes floating around my stool?

White: Mucus may be what you're seeing and it's not necessarily ab normal. Your physician can arrange to have your stool specimen examined at the lab to check for parasites(worms,etc). ...Read more

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What is floating stool caused by? Do I need to see a dr about it? It's been going on for months now.

What is floating stool caused by? Do I need to see a dr about it? It's been going on for months now.

Floating stool: Stool floats based on the amount of buoyant material in it such as plant matter and more often fat and grease. A stool that is very fatty may be an indication of a malabsorption problem. Check with your doc to be sure. ...Read more

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Floating stool from time to time. When is floating stool a concern? What should I be on the lookout for?

Likely ok: floating stools usually mean hi fat content in the stool. i would expect that you notice the floating stools after a fatty meal. your prior GI surgeries, and history may promote transfer through your GI tract, and that can also contribute to large fat content in your stool. Be concerned if stool is white, black, tarry, or bloody, or has mucous ...Read more

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With malabsorption, is floating stool a daily occurance?

With malabsorption, is floating stool a daily occurance?

NO: It depends on the amount of malabsorption and the amount of fat in the diet and the underlying condition. ...Read more

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Occasional Floating stool in kids ? Is it dangerous ?

Normal: Occasional floating stools are normal and probably related to what he is eaten. If it is chronic, I would talk to his pediatrician. ...Read more

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I just went to the bathroom and have dark small round stool floating on top. Shld i be concerned?

No: No, that's a problem only if it happens over and over. If it keeps on happening, a primary care doctor can evaluate to see what might be causing it. The doctor can also check on things, if one has other symptoms such as frequent constipation. ...Read more

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Why do you think it is that when my stool does float it always seems to be when i go in the morning and sinks if i go in the afternoon? Any idea?

Fats: Stools float because of fat eaten. Perhaps you customarily eat fats for dinner and not for breakfast. Floating stools are not preferred. Perhaps you are headed to be mostly a vegetarian. ...Read more

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Can you have floating stool in stomach cancer?

Can you have floating stool in stomach cancer?

Yes: You certainly can. When i think about this question, my mind often really goes to pancreatic problems and cancers and the inability to digest fat (lack of the enzymes) is associated with pancreatic cancer treament. In theory, treatment for stomach cancer (radiation for example or surgery) may have impacted this aspect of your body's function. It really depends on your unique treatment history. ...Read more

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Solid brown floating stool, cause for concern? 3 days now. Very stressed.

No: Stool color is normally borown and consisgtency is usually solid. Floating stool can indicate a bit of fat in your dieatary intake, it isw not a disease state, simply cut down on fried, greasy or fatty foods and add fresh fruit and veggies to your diet- should help. ...Read more

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Does floating stool caused by fat malabsorption have an obvious bad smell?

Yes: No mistaking it. The usual cause of a floating stool -- by far -- is gas bubbles. There's an individual who writes frequently with the obsessive fear of pancreatic cancer with basically no evidence. If you are suffering from obsessive thoughts that you have cancer, please get with someone who can help you manage these. ...Read more

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If stool has oil, what color is the oil - what color would you normally see floating on the water surface?

If stool has oil, what color is the oil - what color would you normally see floating on the water surface?

Depends: Oil in the stool will typically float as would oil in any liquid such as the water of the toilet. The color can vary depending on the underlying cause. Possibilities from clear to orange or other colors. Gallbladder problems, cystic fibrosis, GI absorption problems and inflammatory conditions can all be a factor. A doctor visit to determine the cause with lab analysis of the stool is beneficial. ...Read more